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April 28, 2023
Lori Ann LaRocco

The decline in ocean bookings and longer-term shift away from California ports compounds the problems for the trucking industry.

Paul Brashier, vice president of drayage & intermodal at ITS Logistics, said one of the biggest challenges facing the industry right now is the location of trucking labor. Despite a long-term shortage of drivers for the trucking industry, labor is currently being reduced on the West Coast.

“We’re re-balancing our driver workforce away from California because of the drop in freight volumes,” Brashier said. “At the same time, we are actively hiring in Texas and the Midwest to respond to the increasing need to move containers coming into Houston, Southeast and Midwest. Trucking is needed for both container pick up at the ocean terminals and rail ramps. We’ve also seen an increase in containers traveling inland into Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.”

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